Bringing down the Saints and facing my hero Shearer — Five minutes with Richie Barker

Bringing down the Saints and facing my hero Shearer — Five minutes with Richie Barker

By David Beddows | 21/04/2020

Bringing down the Saints and facing my hero Shearer — Five minutes with Richie Barker

 

THE Millers’ assistant manager gives us a whistlestop tour through the best bits of his 14-year pro playing career

Memorable game:
I would have to go with when we beat Southampton at Millmoor in the FA Cup in 2002 and I scored with the diving header.
My goal at Hillsborough was good — and it was great to see my shirt from that game raise £900 at an auction recently. People would expect me to pick that match but because I only came on as a sub I don't really see that as a memorable game but to beat Southampton, a Premier League club, in the cup was special. It was underlined by a really good atmosphere on the night.

Best manager:
The manager I learnt the most from was probably Danny Wilson when I was at Hartlepool.
He just treated everybody as a grown man and adult and gave you respect and trust.
He was excellent at communicating with people.

Best player:
I would probably go back to Rotherham with this and say Alan Lee.
Alan could have been anything he wanted to be.

Best ground:
The best I played at and the best atmosphere as well was St James' Park (above right).
Unfortunately it was for Mansfield in the FA Cup but there was near on 50,000 there and Alan Shearer (below) scored the only goal of the game. It was 14 years ago.
Shearer also broke Jackie Milburn's Newcastle goal-scoring record that day and for me Alan Shearer was my hero, so walking out alongside him as a captain and then him scoring the winner in front of so many people was about as good as it gets for me.
I subsequently found out that Michael Smith was stood behind the goal as a Newcastle fan in that game.
That was something I'll remember forever.

Favourite goal:
I would have to go my goal at Hillsborough in 2002 in terms of a goal that meant so much to so many people and is something that is still talked about.
It's amazing that I'm sure people think I only scored two goals in my career.
 In fairness I didn't score many more than that but that one against Wednesday stands out.

Lockdown reading:
I’m reading  Carlo Ancelotti’s Quiet Leadership:?Winning Hearts, Minds and Matches, and Pet Guardiola’s coaching book.

Lockdownviewing:
The main thing I’ve been following is The English Game, on Netflix.